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In the Russian-inspired British press, slogans similar to those in the Soviet
newspapers began to appear :e the Polish Press is abusing the hospitality
of this country by trying to stir up trouble between the members of the
United Nations.'
On the face of things, it sounded extremely hostile and constituted
grounds for intervention, if not of the public prosecutor, then at least of
a responsible British minister, and therefore the Ministry of Information
stepped in.
The Scottish Press was the first to observe, after the arrival of the Poles
in Britain, that they were printing many newspapers. On January i, 1941,
Scotsman had humourously noted the rapid development of the Polish
camp Press, and stated that ee if a dozen Polish soldiers baled out some-
where in the middle of the Sahara, they would publish a newspaper a
week later,, and even containing pictures."
When ths tension between the Soviet and Polish Government had
increased in that spring of 1943, the chief British Press censor issued a
circular to the Press on March 3, calling on them " to refrain from dis-
cussing, for an unspecified period, Polish-Soviet post-war frontiers." It
was a blow to the Polish people and an act in favour of the Soviet Govern-
rnent^ who remained at liberty to write as it wished on this topic and cable
its articles to Britain and throughout the world.
The Polish Union of Journalists at a meeting in London, on April 4,
1943, considered the circular and resolved as follows :
" (a) In view of Poland's determination to maintain her present frontiers
with the Soviet Union and the efforts of the latter to annex half the territory
of Poland, the said Circular hinders the Polish Press in its task of publicly
upholding the integrity of the Polish State.
kt (b'j As the Soviet Press and radio have unleashed a campaign which
has no scruples about the choice of arguments and expressions, the above
Circular does not make for a truce but, on the contrary, has created in
Great Britain unequal opportunities for the aggressive Soviet action on the
one hand, and the defensive Polish action on the other.
" (c) The restriction imposed upon the Polish Press, while the Soviets
continue their action in favour of the illegal annexation of half Poland,
plays into the hands of German propaganda on the Continent of Europe
and especially in Poland itself, for public opinion in the tortured country
is unable to understand our silence on this matter or the attitude of our
" In view of the above facts the General Meeting of the Polish Union
of Journalists, London section, feels constrained to ask the Polish Govern-
ment to raise the matter as soon as possible with the British authorities
with a view to changing this state of affairs."
Soon afterwards an attack, directed against the existence of the Polish
Press in Britain (a Press read only by the comparatively small number of
Poles residing in that country), was begun by some of the London papers.
The Daily Sketch* on April 30, informed its readers that u there are
thirty Polish periodicals in Britain and some of them are trying to increase